Las Vegas shooting: Germantown couple on same floor as gunman

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 10:54 PM

Las Vegas shooting: Germantown couple on same floor as gunman

As a gunman fired shots from a 32nd-floor window of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, a Germantown couple staying in a room on the same floor listened to the chaos unfold behind the locked doors of a local bar.

Jen Rupert and her husband Zach flew to Las Vegas for a long weekend in celebration of the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary and Zach’s birthday.

Germantown couple were on same floor as Las Vegas shooter

Rupert said she and her husband were at a local bar when a man ran in and yelled news of the shooting. At first, Rupert said she and others – including the bar’s owner – thought the warning was a false alarm or exaggeration.

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“At first there were reports of multiple shooters at multiple hotels and we didn’t know what to do so we hunkered down. The owner closed and locked the doors and we stayed,” Rupert said.

“There were cop cars flying and people running around with no rhyme or reason to anything.”

Empty slot machines can be seen in the lobby of the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino shortly after the deadly shooting Monday morning. Jen Rupert/Contributed photo

Upon leaving the bar about an hour after the shooting, Rupert said the couple began walking as most of the roads in the city closed.

“We didn’t know where to go or which way was safe. SWAT officers started yelling at everyone to get off the streets [….] and we took shelter in a food court connected to the Planet Hollywood casino,” Rupert said.

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It was while sitting in the food court that the couple realized the severity of the situation.

“A man in the lobby with blood on him was telling a person on the phone that he could help.”

“He said he was doing CPR on someone and they died. At that time, I had heard two were confirmed dead, but I knew after hearing him there just had to be more,” Rupert said.

The couple stayed in the casino as details emerged while police warned that safety outside could not be guaranteed.

“In the thick of it, there was so much information, even the police officers were saying if you go out there we can’t guarantee your safety,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband hailed a taxi later in the night and checked into a hotel off the Las Vegas strip. 

A message attempting to reconnect families with missing loved ones appears on a Las Vegas strip-billboard Monday afternoon. Jen Rupert/Contributed photo

Now in a room on the hotel’s 7th floor, the couple was given permission earlier today to retrieve their belongings from the floor where the deadliest shooting in U.S. history began.

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“Thankfully we were not in the hotel. You start thinking about every decision you make when something like this happens and how one choice could lead to something different,” Rupert said.

Rupert said she and her husband were scheduled to return to the Miami Valley tomorrow evening, but will be fly into Dayton tonight. The couple will return home to their two young children and many worried family members.

“Overwhelmingly, people are good. That’s what I’ve gathered from this,” Rupert said.

“There are way more good people. It’s tragic that one person can do that to so many people […] you can’t stop people from doing things. No matter what someone is going to find a way to do these things.”

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Local woman could win $1 million on ‘Survivor’ season finale tonight 

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:54 PM

Mason's own Angela Perkins is a contestant on this season of Survivor

Want to watch the “Survivor: Ghost Island” season finale? Tune to WHIO-TV Channel 7 to watch the special event. 

A local woman could land $1 million tonight if she wins the finale of “Survivor: Ghost Island.”

The season finale will air on Wednesday, May 23 at 8/7c on CBS. The castaways have been narrowed down to 

DomenickWendellLaurelAngelaDonathan, and Sebastian.

Angela Perkins, a Mason resident, will compete for the $1 million. She is a 42-year-old Army veteran who describes herself as “spontaneous, courageous, and determined.” In her free time, she enjoys running, biking and snowboarding. 

Mason resident Angela Perkins will once again join guests at a watch party for the CBS television series “Survivor: Ghost Island,” on which she is a contestant.(Staff Writer)

Her time serving in the  military has prepared her to win the reality television show

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“I was put in the most unusual and extreme situations and conditions and survived better than most. I was in isolated conditions where life's bare necessities were limited. While deployed to Iraq in 2003-2004, I went months with only taking bottle water showers. The supply lines were compromised so often I was forced to make a decision to either wash with my daily bottled water or consume it. I jumped from several different Military aircrafts and did drown-proofing that consisted of water survival,” she said. 

Perkin’s has accrued a fan club that meets at Buffalo Wings and Rings in Mason, 5517 Kings Center Drive, on Wednesday nights as “Survivor” episodes air this season.


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Tropical system may form over Memorial day weekend 

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 1:49 PM

The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins on June 1st and runs through the end of November. This year's tropical season may begin right on time.

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According to the National Hurricane Center there is the chance that a broad area of thunderstorms near the Yucatan Peninsula may move into the warmer waters of the Gulf of Mexico and develop into a subtropical or tropical depression over the weekend. If that occurs, this would be the first named storm of the season.

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Many Miami Valley residents may be planning to head south for the long holiday weekend. The potential for this tropical development could lead to a wet and stormy holiday. The National Hurricane Center says "regardless of the development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over much of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast during the weekend."  

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West Milton man seriously hurt in crash involving trash truck

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 8:23 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 9:51 AM

Miami County Sheriff's Department is investigating a crash near Ludlow Falls.

UPDATE @ 11:47 a.m.:

A 63-year-old West Milton man suffered serious injuries after striking the back of a trash truck before being hit by another vehicle driving on the other side of the road, deputies said.

Cecil Chaney was driving to work when hit struck the rear of the Rumpke truck on Ohio 55 near Kessler-Frederick Road around 7:50 a.m.

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Chaney’s vehicle spun into oncoming traffic after hitting the truck and was hit by a Jeep.

Chaney was flown to Miami Valley Hospital for treatment of his injuries, deputies said.

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The driver of the Jeep, Margaret Missimer, 56, of Troy, suffered minor injuries.

The trash truck driver, Steven Elifritz, 40, of Greenville was not hurt.

Deputies said the trash truck had proper lighting on the vehicle when the crash happened and they are still working to determine the circumstances that led to the incident.

UPDATE @ 9:50 a.m.:

An SUV clipped the back of a Rumpke trash truck, sending the SUV into the path of another vehicle on Ohio 55 near Ludlow Falls Wednesday morning, according to deputies. 

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The Honda SUV was traveling east on Ohio 55 near the intersection with Kessler-Frederick Road around 7:50 a.m. when the SUV crashed into the back of the trash truck, stopped to pick up trash, deputies said.

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The SUV then crossed over the center line and crashed into a Jeep traveling west on Ohio 55. 

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The driver of the Honda SUV was taken by a CareFlight medical helicopter to Miami Valley Hospital, however their condition was not immediately available from investigators. 

The driver of the Jeep was transported to an area hospital as a precaution and the driver of the trash truck was not injured. 

The driver of the Honda SUV will likely be cited for the crash, deputies said.

Additional details were not available. 

UPDATE @ 8:45 a.m.: 

Ohio 55 is blocked in both directions near the intersection with Kessler-Frederick Road in Miami County following a crash involving multiple vehicles. 

Additional details were not available, but initial reports indicate a medical helicopter was requested to the scene. 

We’ll update this page as we learn more. 


A medical helicopter has been requested to a crash on Ohio 55 east of Ludlow Falls in Miami County Wednesday morning. 

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Emergency crews responded to the intersection of Ohio 55 and Kessler-Frederick Road around 7:50 a.m. on reports of a crash with heavy damage to the vehicles. 

Additional details were not available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more. 

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2 teens arrested after Target break-in, pursuit in Huber Heights

Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 2:46 AM
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 @ 7:19 AM

Two 18-year-old men were arrested Wednesday after breaking in to the Target in Huber Heights, stealing one to three video game consoles and possibly more items.

UPDATE @ 7:30 a.m: Huber Heights police have arrested two 18-year-old males in connection with a Target break-in that led to a pursuit early Wednesday morning.

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Ankeese Brown and Cy’Ran Campbell, both from Dayton, are currently in Montgomery County Jail, according to the jail website.

The teens are suspected of breaking into the Target on Executive Blvd., where one to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen. 

They then led police on a pursuit on Old Troy Pike that ended on Taylorsville Road after an officer made contact with the left rear tire of their vehicle, causing it to spin. 

Their charges are pending at this time. 

Two 18-year-old males were arrested Wednesday morning after a chase following a break-in at Target in Huber Heights.

UPDATE @5:10 a.m.

One to three Xbox gaming systems were stolen when a Target was broken into early Wednesday morning.

Police said the two to three males who broke into the store also attempted to break into a locked phone case, but were unsuccessful. 

Officers responded to Target located the suspect vehicle traveling south on Old Troy Pike near I-70. The vehicle did not stop and continued south on Old Troy Pike, and near Taylorsville Road, an officer made contact with the left rear tire, spinning the vehicle. 

A few minutes later, the vehicle stopped on Taylorsville Road. Two inside the vehicle were detained.

UPDATE @ 3:20 a.m: Two men are in custody after reportedly breaking into Target and leading officials on a pursuit Wednesday morning, officials say.

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Huber Heights police were dispatched to the store at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. on reports of a break-in, per initial reports.

After seeing a car that matched the suspect vehicle description, a short, low-speed pursuit began southbound on Old Troy Pike near the I-70 overpass, according to officials.

The pursuit ended in the 5600 block of Taylorsville Road and the suspects were apprehended.

Officials say the men could face charges including failure to comply and breaking and entering. 

No word on if anything was taken from the store. 


Police are responding to a break-in that occurred at the Target in Huber Heights Wednesday morning. 

The incident occurred at 5700 Executive Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., per initial reports. 

There are at least three subjects reportedly involved.

We’re on the way and will update this story with additional details. 

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